Being the change: Social innovation takes Serbia

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social inclusion

Social innovation workshops are all about bringing together designers and software developers with citizen experts for realistic and need-driven solutions to the social problems they face. In Serbia, we decided to take this idea to the people. Last month in the towns of Novi Pazar, Tutin and Nova Varos, we unveiled Serbia’s first ever social… Read more »

Even the best reform laws just aren’t enough anymore

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Filed under: Human rights

Three things are required from a democratic country wishing to improve its human rights record: implementation, implementation and implementation. Why implementation? Because changing laws is one thing, but ensuring that those changes take hold is another matter entirely. Over the past 13 years, Serbian legislation has undergone a complete overhaul. As a party to all… Read more »

Are quotas the solution for bringing more women into politics?

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Filed under: Gender equality Governance Human rights Social inclusion

It is widely known that the number of women in decision-making structures is growing slowly. Today, approximately 20 percent of the world’s parliamentary seats are occupied by women. And the countries of Europe and CIS are no exception with 12 countries failing to reach the global average of 20 percent; 30 percent is considered the… Read more »

Taking the public pulse on justice in Serbia

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Filed under: Anticorruption Governance Human rights Social inclusion

I recently had the privilege of listening to legal professionals and representatives from women’s groups, people with disabilities and minorities, talk about issues related to justice in Serbia. UNDP organized a series of focus group discussions to delve deeper into some of the issues that came out of a recently held crowdsourcing survey, where citizens… Read more »

Serbia: Crowdsourcing policies on judicial reform and access to justice

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Gender equality Human rights Social inclusion Social innovation

UNDP Resident Representative, William Infante present findings from crowdsourcing (in Serbian) “We are all equal in a lack of access to justice.” “Justice remains inaccessible within a reasonable time.” “The only cure for the Serbian judiciary is to limit the amount of time that any proceeding can last.” “Improving individual capacity comes from a love… Read more »

Serbian citizens take on corruption in the health sector

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Filed under: Anticorruption Development 2.0 Guest posts Health

In Serbia, the health system is publicly financed from obligatory health insurance. It promises universal medical coverage for everyone. However, for many reasons, some physicians take bribes from patients before or after they provide services covered by law. Because there is no alternative, most people are afraid to report corruption, fearing that doctors might deny… Read more »

Kosovo/Serbia: Historic deal demands immediate investment

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Filed under: Development Governance Peace and security Social inclusion

On 19 April, the Prime Ministers of Kosovo and Serbia announced a historic deal over the normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina tantamount to Serbia’s recognition of Kosovo’s territorial integrity (though not its independence). As a quid pro quo reward for politically painful concessions, Serbia is likely to be given a start-date of European… Read more »